Saturday marks 100 years since fatal Ferris wheel accident at Clason Point
Saturday marked 100 years since a Ferris wheel accident killed at least six people and injured over 30 in the Bronx.
The accident happened in Clason Point, where an amusement park used to stand with a 100-foot Ferris wheel as one of the main attractions.
The wheel destroyed the boathouse Terry Durante's mother and family lived in then. Her story was first discovered by freelance writer Ameena Walker, who saw Durante share it on Facebook.
Durante says her grandmother picked her mother up from her crib and stepped out moments before the Ferris wheel crashed on their boathouse.
"I think it was just the heavens telling her what to do. A lot of people died and a lot of people were injured, and they were in the thick of it, and they survived,” Durante says.
The Ferris wheel accident was a factor that led to the downfall of the Clason Point amusement park.
A Bronx historian told News 12 the new Starlight Park at the time took away a lot of the attention from Clason Point with better amenities.
Clason Point is now a city park with grass, trees, walkways and a ferry terminal